Lacking funding to purchase and operate own aircraft, the Rhodesian police established the British South Africa Police Reserve Air Wing (PRAW). Equipped with private aircraft, mostly flown by owner pilots, this extended policing across a country that had few roads, reaching remote villages and farms, separated by long distances. Established in 1967, the PRAW assisted in the capture of criminals, transported police officers, and flew in support of police operations. During the 1960s, it was expanded into three flights with more than 20 aircraft: all of these saw gradually intensifying operations as the war in Rhodesia escalated.
Based on extensive use of official documentation and participant recollections alike, and richly illustrated, Copper Wings Volume 1 is the first operational history of the service from its establishment.
Format : A4
Pages number : 58
Pictures number : 92
Language : English
Color profiles : 12
ISBN : 9781804513972
Author : Guy Ellis
Publishing : Helion - Africa@War 65
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